It's that time
February is Catholic Press Month and a time to consider what we do at The Compass
By Tony Staley
This is Catholic Press Month and a chance to pat ourselves on the back, call your attention to us and do some soul-searching.
The Compass is in its 28th year, but the Green Bay Diocese has published a newspaper for almost 50 years.
Over the years, despite changes in name and staff, our purpose has remained the same: To serve Catholics in northeast Wisconsin by giving them local, state, national and international news and enriching their spiritual lives with articles, columns and other features.
How we do that has changed in 50 years - both in the mechanics of putting out a newspaper and the stories and subjects we deal with. But our purpose has not.
Of course, we're not perfect. No newspaper is. But then neither is any human or human endeavor. We seek always to be fair and accurate. Our goal is to publish an informative and entertaining newspaper that gives readers something to think about, meditate on, pray about and talk about with God and others.
That's a daunting task because nearly 400,000 Catholics live in more than 150 parishes in our 10,728 square-mile diocese. First, we have to find out what's going on. Then we must decide what deserves coverage, how much and where. Will a news brief or calendar of events listing be enough? Does it need a headlined story? Who will write the story? Does it need a photo? Who will take the photo? How many pages will we have and what percentage of that will be advertising? Like most people, we have a budget - a lean budget (we're supported in part by your generous gifts to the Bishop's Appeal). Given all these realities - including our human limitations - we do our best each week.
Your endorsement of what we do by subscribing to and reading this paper is gratifying (we estimate enough people read The Compass each week to fill Lambeau Field). This is your diocesan newspaper. The staff is here to winnow down the week's events and help you make sense of them.
We encourage you to keep reading The Compass. Talk us up to your friends. Patronize our advertisers. Subscribe for yourself and give subscriptions to family members. Encourage your pastor and parish council to subscribe to The Compass for all parishioners - it's the least expensive, most effective source of adult education and faith formation available. We're not perfect. But where else can you turn for what you need to know about the church and your faith?